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1. Arranged in or forming a cross; cruciform.
a. Overlapping or crossing, as the wings of some insects when at rest.
b. Shaped like a cross: the cruciate ligaments of the knee.
[New Latin cruciātus, from Latin crux, cruc-, cross.]
shaped or arranged like a cross: cruciate petals.
a. short for cruciate ligament
b. (as modifier): cruciate problems.
[C17: from New Latin cruciātus, from Latin crux cross]
cru•ci•ate(ˈkru ʃi ɪt, -ˌeɪt)
2. Bot. formed like a cross with equal arms, as mustard flowers.
3. Zool. having wings that cross at the tips.